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n 1912, when Starved Rock ﬁrst opened its gates to the public as a State Park, camping was among the most popular reasons to make a trek out to LaSalle County. Of the 75,000 guests that visited in that ﬁrst year, a large portion chose to soak in the region’s beautiful scenery from the comfort of a tent. These days, the camping tradition continues to grow. LaSalle County boasts a wide variety of places to spend a night under the stars, ranging from nostalgic rustic campsites to upscale “glamping” destinations. With more options than ever before, there’s never been a better time to pick a tent (or rent a camper) and spend a night closer to nature! Here’s a look at some of your options for camping during your next trip to LaSalle County.
STARVED ROCK STATE PARK’S
CAMPGROUND, one of the area’s most popular camping sites, is conveniently located just south of the park, off of E950th Rd. This proximity means you can easily explore all the wonders that the park has to
Stars offer, and still have plenty of time to enjoy s’mores around the campﬁre. You’ll ﬁnd modern amenities like a 24/7 ﬁrewood vending machine, in addition to two shower houses, a playground, a camp store and plenty of lavatories. This campground is capable of handling everything from pop-up tents to 45-ft trailers, you’ll ﬁnd a variety of shaded, sunny and even handicap accessible spots. Each site features ample space to set up tents (a maximum of two per site), a picnic table, ﬁrepit and an electric hookup. Water hydrants can also be found scattered throughout the campground. Reservations must be made at least 3 days ahead of your arrival, and can be made up to 180 days in advance. To reserve a space, head to www.reserveamerica.com, or call 1-815-667-4726.
ILLINI STATE PARK, located less than a half hour to the east of Starved Rock State Park in Marseilles, provides camping with an unbeatable view. With sites running along the banks of the Illinois River, campers are treated to a close-up view of barges entering
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